India'Dream project'; Financial approval for Wayanad tunnel; Kifbi sanctioned Rs...

‘Dream project’; Financial approval for Wayanad tunnel; Kifbi sanctioned Rs 2134.50 crore

Thiruvananthapuram: The Wayanad tunnel project (Anakampoil – Kalladi – Meppadi tunnel road) worth Rs 2134.50 crore has been sanctioned. Public Works Minister PA Mohammad Riyaz made the announcement in a Facebook post.

Administrative approval has been obtained for the tunnel connecting Wayanad and Kozhikode districts. With the completion of the road, the traffic congestion in Thamarassery pass will be resolved. Apart from this, when the project materializes, the Kalladi-Anakampoil road will become the largest tunnel in the state.

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The tunnel will be built from Kalladi to Marippuzha Swargam hill in Anakampoi. The total length is 7.82 km. The length of the tunnel from Swargam Hill to Kalladi is estimated to be 6.8 km. Earlier, on October 5, 2020, Chief Minister Pinarayi had officially announced the tunnel, which was included in the 100-day action plan of the state government. The project has been funded.

The survey of the proposed route began in September 2020. During the first Pinarayi government, Rs 658 crore was sanctioned from Kifbi and administrative sanction was given for the project. The tunnel as an alternative to Wayanad Pass is one of the major projects of the Public Works Department.

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The alignment ending at Wayanad Meppadi Kalladi section prepared by the Konkan Railway after preliminary inspection has been approved by the Public Works Department. According to the alignment, a 70 meter long bridge and ancillary road will be constructed at Marippuzha.

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